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No. 14 Clemson Edges CofC, 5-2

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          Release: 05/12/2009
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Mike Hentz had two hits.
Courtesy: CofCSports.com

Clemson, S.C. -- Jeff Schaus and John Nester homered and starter Scott Weismann pitched five strong innings leading 14th-ranked Clemson to a 5-2 win over College of Charleston before 4,597 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday.

Clemson, which snapped Charleston's 10-game winning streak, improved to 36-17. The Cougars, who open a three-game Southern Conference series at The Citadel at 6 p.m. on Thursday, fell to 35-17.

Schaus gave the Tigers a 1-0 first inning lead with his 11th homer of the season, a line shot to left with two outs. Jason Stolz's RBI grounder in the third allowed an unearned run to score to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Nestor led off the fifth inning with his fifth homer of the season, a shot to left center, that stretched the Tigers' lead to 3-0.

The Cougars scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning. Clay McCord (Atlanta, Ga.) walked and Joey Bergman (Jacksonville, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left to start the inning. Matt Mansilla's (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) grounder with the bases loaded and two outs was misplayed for an error allowing McCord and Bergman to score and cut Clemson's lead to 3-2.

The Tigers got sacrifice flies from Mike Freeman and Schaus in the eighth inning for the final margin.

Wiesman (2-0) picked up the win as he blanked the Cougars on three hits with three strikeouts over the first five innings. Matt Vaughn allowed two hits in the ninth but worked out of trouble to record his fourth save of the season. Casey Lucchese (Lexington, Ky.) was the tough-luck loser for Charleston surrendering five runs, four earned, over the first six innings.

Mike Hentz (Port Charlotte, Fla.) led the Cougars with two hits, while Nester paced Clemson with three hits and three runs scored.


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